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Blog: February 2015

April 03, 2015
The home of the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies and 76ers.   The History In 1965 the homes of Philadelphia’s professional sports teams were scattered throughout the city.  The Eagles played at Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the 76ers played nearby in West Philadelphia’s Civic Center and the Phillies played all the way up in North Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium.  The... Read More
March 11, 2015
A world class botanical garden.   The History The land that would become Longwood Gardens was first purchased by George Pierce in 1700.  Pierce, a Quaker farmer, purchased 402 acres from William Penn himself.  The 1730 farmhouse that was built by Pierce’s son Joshua still stands today and is the oldest structure on the property.   Joshua would have two twin grandsons, Samuel and Joshua.  The two... Read More
February 27, 2015
The first institution built by a major United States city to interpret the life and work of African Americans. The History In 1976, Philadelphia prepared for a Bicentennial celebration that organizers estimated 100 million people would attend.  Many of Philadelphia’s historic buildings were restored and readied for tourists, while the Liberty Bell was moved out of Independence Hall to its own... Read More
February 25, 2015
The largest and longest running indoor flower show in the world   The History The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society was found in 1827.  The historic horticultural society was established “for the promotion of this interesting and highly influential branch of Science.” The fledging society would hold meetings at a number of historic Philadelphia institutions including a former location of The... Read More
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